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Michael Ross has been chosen to lead Ohio Valley University, a 500-student university in Vienna, W.Va., that is associated with Churches of Christ.
“I have a great love for OVU and Christian education,” Ross said in a statement. “I want to lead the university to be the university of choice for all citizens seeking Christian education in this area.”
Ross, a graduate of Harding University in Searcy, Ark., attended OVU from 1986 to 1988, leaving to pursue a degree in psychology at Harding. He is working to complete his Master of Science in Management and Leadership degree through Western Governors University.
Ross has 25 years of experience, primarily with nonprofit healthcare organizations serving vulnerable populations.
“Together we can make a difference for each other and for God and His kingdom.”
He credits his marriage to his wife, Kerry, to Ohio Valley University. He said it was the spiritual environment at OVU that strengthened his faith and helped him and his wife develop godliness.
He and Kerry have been married for 28 years and have eight children, some of whom are adopted, ranging in age from 5 to 27. The couple has also served as foster parents.
Ross assumed his new role as president effective Jan. 2.
OVU, he believes, is “a uniquely Christian university” with the opportunity “to inspire deep spiritual motivation” throughout the entire college experience.
Ross said this will be “a new day” for OVU.
“There will be changes. There will be tough times. There will also be honored traditions,” he said. “Together we can make a difference for each other and for God and his kingdom.”
Ross said that in his family, the parting words are always, “Remember who you are and WHOSE you are.”
He believes that if OVU adopts that outlook, his presidency will be successful.
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